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about Royston Tan

Director & Film-Maker.
Location: Central, Singapore.
Birthdate: October 5th.

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in Melbourne.

the Diary of Royston (55th MIFF).

5 mins to go before going on stage for "4:30", Hewison was smiling in black. No one slept through out the film, Geoffrey Rush smoking before our acelelator's talk. The temperature was 9 degrees and sweet Elise was warming me with her smile with 28 other friendly faces. Singaporeans queueing in anticipation, can't quite remember if we met before. "I know you through your films", they said. Final check - 2 monkey suits for the all-star animal show intro for my short films screening for Melbourne International Film Festival.
- Royston Tan

back With More Pictures!
warmth of Melbourne.

in Melbourne.
For those situated in Melbourne, Australia:
Catch Royston Tan & "4:30" In Melbourne This Weekend
Royston Tan will be in Melbourne where he is a guest of the MIFF.
You can catch Royston Tan and his latest feature film, "4:30" at the Melbourne International Film Festival, where "4:30" will be shown at:

Forum Theatre - Sunday, 30th of July, 1905 Hours
RMIT Capitol Theatre - Friday, 11th of August, 1700 Hours

To get tickets,

Catch him & catch "4:30" while you can.
Check back for pictures from the Melbourne International Film Festival and Royston's stay in Melbourne.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    2/8/06 00:01  

    Thank you Royston for coming to Melbourne and for the Q&A session for all your short films. They were very nostalgic and brought back many memories of my childhood.

    4:30 is a film I really enjoyed.

    I wish you the best in your next project and keep on pushing the envelope. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    2/8/06 07:50  

    Nice monkey suits last night, hopefully I'll see you around during the festival. I will be posting my reviews of your shorts here - http://timchuma.com/miff2006/

    (I have already seen two at the Fitzroy Shorts screening night.)

    Thanks. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    2/8/06 08:50  

    My friend BAO from Singapore said it best "WOW! Is very good movie!" top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    5/8/06 11:17  

    I was never moved by a film like this, thanks royston:) Always loving your film. top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    6/8/06 11:11  

    To Singapore’s most promising and uncompromising young director, Royston Tan

    "D.I.Y" Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    8/8/06 14:57  

    Hello Royston nice to see you again after so many years.
    Great films!
    And I looked so ugly in that pic! LOL top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    10/8/06 02:49  

    Hi there!

    Like the picture :)
    Like the blog and your effort in this! RT certainly deserves it,
    his work is simply awesome, I love it. Specially "4:30" has
    become my all-time favorite and will always hold special meaning
    for me. Is there anything I can do here in Berlin/Germany?
    Just let me know.

    Best wishes to you!

    (Berlin, Germany) top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    10/8/06 02:52  

    The truth is that seeing the world premiere of “4:30” had a very personal impact on me unlike any other film I’d seen before. It quite simply changed my life (who would have thought…).
    But enough of that. I’m now already fully immersed in my research about Royston’s work, Singapore in general, which fascinates me a lot, and Singaporean filmmaking in particular.
    Funny, but at 29 this somehow reminds me of my teenage years again…
    As I showed the blogspot website to a friend of mine to whom I had explained at some length why
    I consider Royston Tan to be such a creative genius, he asked “Wait a minute! Is he a popstar or a director???” Quite a point he made…
    But anyway, I certainly think that this is the right way forward for him, to get an organized
    support and keep on building up momentum. For he’ll need it to further his career and his
    future projects. (Like “132” which I’m already looking forward to.)
    So, you have my support and appreciation for your efforts.
    My best wishes and greetings to you!

    (Berlin, Germany) top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    10/8/06 02:53  

    Dear Royston Tan,

    I have recently been an avid fan of your work and i must applaude on the
    great story telling that your movies/short films have portrayed.

    Recently, i have purchased 15 on Dvd and have seen your short films and
    4.50 movie at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

    I've been told by afew of my singaporean friends that Adam.Eve.Steve is an amazing shortfilm and i've been searching for it but to no vail.

    Thus, im writting this in hopes of learning where i can still obtain a copy of Adam.Eve.Steve, as to my knowledge the film itself is over 9yrs.

    Thank you for your time and i hope that i can hear from you soon. All
    the best in your upcoming projects and will be looking forward to seeing
    them when they appear in the cinemas.

    Warm regards,

    Marcus top

  • Blogger haiku productions says so:
    11/8/06 15:40  

    The Q&A night was a hit. The biggest question was "why do audiences ask such stupidly long questions?" Not even Royston had an answer for that one. As a monkey Royston offered himself to any good home as pet - he's even house trained apparently.

    Directors always seem to have a entourage with them. I want to know why I don't have one. Do any editors get an entourage?

    Of course Royston had to leave Australia shortly after the festival. Probably just as well, after a recent cyclone wiped out the Australian Banana crop, the cost of feeding Monkey-Royston was huge.

    4:30 was a lovely film. Royston described it as "very personal" and it was, but in such a way that it let the audience in to share and bring theor own interpretations to a unique series of emotions, not easily paraphrased.

    Well done on a great piece of cinema,

    Marcus Herrick top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    13/8/06 07:01  

    Well done Roy!! 4:30...A class act on its own!! Simple yet Impactful...Reel yet Real!! Emotions flow & Thoughts evolve!! Despite a minor "Plaster" misfunction...A short project highlighting the Issues of Being Human...Humanity had never been so lonely...Living in a rapidly concrete World!!

    Keith "Najip Ali" Chan top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    19/8/06 00:20  

    Mr Royston Tan,

    I was one of the accelerator participants and I wanted to send you this snap I took out in the cold as well as thank you for what was the most inspiring session we had. Sometimes it's easy to forget the joyfulness and beauty of filmmaking when you hear endless producers and distributors talking about their hardships.

    Of course, thanks also for 4.30 which is still haunting me. I tried to steal the promotional poster with the irrestibly beautiful image of the boy zipping himself inside the closet from the lobby... but I was warned away.
    Take care. top

  • Blogger warwick says so:
    8/9/06 11:04  


    Really enjoyed your Melbourne screening of "4:30".

    Wanted to let you know that I came across "15" in the local dvd rental store in Bulleen!


    Warwick top